A Black woman from was humiliated by jail officials when she was brought into a Kentucky courtroom without pants, and the presiding judge was NOT happy.
The woman was in jail for failing to complete a diversion program for a prior shoplifting charge.
According to her attorney, during her time at Metro Corrections in Louisville she said she was never given a uniform and was forced to spend her time there without pants or necessary feminine hygiene products.
“Am I in the Twilight Zone right now?” Judge Amber Wolf asked the courtroom. She immediately began making phone calls to jailhouse officials demanding to know who’s responsible for the outrageous and ‘inhumane’ mistreatment.
“I’m not trying to embarrass you, I’m very sorry,” Wolf told the defendant in court. “Can we get her something to cover up with? Anything, anything, anything. I don’t care what it is.”
Steve Durham, a spokesman for the jail, told local station WDRB that the woman had not been in custody long enough to receive a jail jumpsuit. She had been in the jail for three days prior to her court appearance.
“What the hell is going on?” Wolf can be heard saying on the phone. “I am holding her here until she is dressed appropriately to go back to jail. This is outrageous.”
“This is her only charge ever,” Wolf added. “She should have been in jail for maybe a day, tops.”
Jail officials contend that the woman was wearing athletic shorts covered by a long shirt, according to WDRB. The defendant told the judge other inmates at the facility were also being denied proper clothing and basic hygiene products.
“I just want to tell you how incredibly sorry I am that you’ve been treated this way,” Wolf told the defendant after she was clothed and brought back into the courtroom. “No one deserves this, but particularly in a situation like this where you failed to complete a diversion program and didn’t even pick up new charges.”
Wolf gave the woman a sentence of time served and a $100 fine.
“The fact you’re in custody is your fault ? you gotta come to court,” Wolf said. “The rest of this is completely inhumane and unacceptable, and I’m incredibly sorry you had to go through this.”
You can watch the courtroom video below. Thank you, Judge Wolf, for your humanity and common sense.